Review by NekroDave
You may (or may not) recall that when I did my review of the Bandai Five Robo Jumbo Machinder I mentioned that there was a Korean knockoff that I remembered seeing a long time ago on Yahoo Japan and later Josh confirmed it's existence with an old picture he had saved. Well, not too long ago I was lucky enough to acquire the piece in question. It was as I remembered, with the opening legs and action figures. But the toy had more surprises in store for me. But before we get to that, let's start with the box.
While similar in construction to the Bandai box (rigid cardboard with flaps on the top), I prefer the Korean box because it's got a nicer presentation of the toy. The Bandai box just shows the robot sort of falling out of frame, but the Korean box has a nice image of the entire robot standing upright. Meanwhile the sides of the box have clear images of the toy and the included action figures.
The back of the box has the instructions printed right on it (same as the Bandai version) but they've actually included what looks to be a little mini poster that you can cut out of the top flap!
OK, I know I'm spending way too much time on a box, but that's the kind of guy I am (a box snob), so bear with me while I point out one last important detail. Did you notice that weird green sticker right in the middle of the front of the box? Well, apparently it says something to the effect that this release is for the 3 year anniversary of King Man and included in the box is a free VHS tape of some Korean anime ("King Of Football 'Shootdolie" (?) aka 축구왕 슛돌이) that as far as I know has absolutely nothing to do with this robot show. Mine didn't come with this tape, but I think it's neat to at least know that this strange variation exists. Also, even though the box says it was released in 1991, because of this sticker I'm going with 1994 for the release year.
Inside the box, there's a toy! (I didn't forget.)
As I've said, the legs have opening panels that you can put action figures in. Three figures are included (unlike the bootleg Fivecar by the same company, that had SIX figures. So how many "rangers" were actually in this show? THREE? FIVE? SIX? TEN? TWENTY? You'd never know from the toys, it seems. Oh yeah, that toy also came out in 1994, which may support the notion that this version of the King Man jumbo did as well.) Each plastic figure is the same sculpt and features 7 points of articulation (neck, knees, hips, elbows and shoulders). Additionally, they each come with a gun and a sword and have holes in their backs and legs into which pegs go to hold them in place. As you can see on the box above, the third figure actually goes inside the chest!
When I saw that on the box, I thought "Ok, sure, they replaced the light up gimmick with an opening chest. That's cool." But guess what? They actually added the opening chest cockpit in addition to the light up gimmick! Yes, the head and chest still lights up! And it looks really cool when you have the figure in there, too.
Pretty cool, huh? Well, the downside is that the guns on the hands no longer light up. Bummer. But guess what? Now BOTH hands shoot, unlike the Bandai version in which only one did. I'll trade lights in the hands for shooting fists every time, thank you.
Of course, another notable difference is simply in the stickers on this toy. I really like the "fire bird" look of the chest now and I think it's absolutely hilarious that the helmet of each ranger is plastered right on the cockpits.
Another small detail that cracks me up is the "CAUTION" stickers on the Five Robo have been replaced with stickers that just say "KING MAN" on this version. To hell with safety!
This guy still comes with two guns, one sword and features the "lie down on my back" transformation.
A sticker sheet for added details on the sides is included, but I think it looks fine without them I don't plan to apply them.
So, as you can see, they really packed this thing with play value. The only downside? As a bootleg, the quality, while surprisingly good, is still not perfect. One tab on either side of the leg hinges on mine broke. They still stay in place fine, though.
Lastly, before I finish up, EVA_Unit_4A offers the following observations that I, as someone who likes Jumbos but not necessarily Super Sentai, totally had no clue about:
- The logo on its forehead is actually from "Dengeki Sentai Changeman" (1985) (a "C" overlaid on an "M"), but here that logo is upside-down!
- The big bird on its chest is a slightly-modified version of the logo from "Choujin Sentai Jetman" (1991).
- The three action figures have Jetman bodies, but the heads are all ChangeDragon's.
|Posted 4 March, 2010 - 11:10 by NekroDave|